April 30, 2017

Featured Source: Form & Function

Take a close look at the collection of images above (.pdf). What common theme can you identify? Note similarities and differences between the images. Now take a look at the bibliographic records of each image by clicking the links below. What is the function of the main object in each image? Choose one of these and investigate how the object was used in the past and if it is still used today. Image 1 Image 2 Image 3 Image 4 What types of tasks can you envision the main … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Boeing aircraft plant – production of B-17F

Zoom into the picture above (.pdf file) and analyze the photo using the primary source analysis tool. First, just use the picture to complete your image analysis, then review the bibliographic record to add to your analysis. Share your analysis with a partner, group or the class. This image lists some letters and numbers at the bottom of the picture. Enter the letters OWI into the search box at the top right of the Primary Source Nexus website to do some research about OWI. Summarize your … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Jesse Owens

What does the image above make you think about? What sense of this man, Jesse Owens, do you get from this picture? Then review the bibliographic record for this photograph? What more did you learn? Now read this short life history of Jesse Owens created in 1939. What do you learn about him from this source? What more do you learn from this legislation that became law in 1988? What kind of person is Jesse Owens? Use what you have learned about Jesse Owens from these primary sources and … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Gauchos, Argentina

Be a primary source investigator. Zoom into this photograph. Look carefully at the details in the image. What did you learn about gauchos from your photo investigation? Read this entry on Gauchos from Encyclopædia Britannica or watch this National Geographic video about gauchos or both.What more did you learn about gauchos? How does that information compare with your primary source investigation? Tell the story of this picture from the point of view of the man in the middle of the … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Poem

Carefully examine a larger image of this photograph. Then consider why the photographer chose to title the photo “The Poem”. Do you think this photo is poetic? Why or why not? How does this photograph make you feel? What do you think about when looking at this image? Make a list of 3 nouns, 3 adjectives and 3 verbs that describe your feelings and thoughts. Write a poem to accompany this photograph. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Astor Theatre – The Great Ziegfeld

Where do you think this photograph was taken? Zoom into the photo and describe this place using details from the image to inform your description. (Save the link in the previous sentence to download the image to your computer which will allow you to zoom in with greater detail.) Next, make a guess at what decade this photo is from and describe what you think life was like at this time. Review the bibliographic record for this primary source. Then do some research and find out what this … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Woman fingerprinted

Complete a primary source analysis of this image using the Library's primary source analysis tool. Then click the image above to see if the information found in the curator's note there answers any of your questions. paper (.pdf) digital padlet Find out more about the woman in this image by investigating this related primary source set. Were you able to find answers to any of your analysis questions? Which ones? Describe what else you learned. Can you find a discrepancy between … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Christmas Toys

"Christmas Toys." Between 1908 and 1917. George Grantham Bain Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Summary: Small children gazing through Macy's toy window, New York City. … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Entrance to Manzanar

Manzanar War Relocation Center photographsWhere is your eye drawn to first in the photograph? Why do you think the photographer wanted you to focus on this portion of the photo? Zoom into this photograph (online | .pdf). Investigate other details you see in the photo. What do these details add to the overall story that the picture tells? What do you think the photographer wanted people to think or feel when looking at this image? Delve deeper into this topic by reviewing some of the … [Read more...]

Featured Source: At school

What are the children doing in this photo? Be specific and use details from the image to support your conclusions. Compare and contrast this classroom with yours. What are the similarities and differences? Look at this image of where the children gather before school. How do you think this program compares to today's extended school day programs? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]